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EPS = Enthusiasm (with) Perseverance (equals) Success

Email us at: EPS Training Assoc.

Updated Aug 8/2017.
  • Club Information

    This is EPS Training Associates 20th year!

    2017 EXECUTIVE:

    Chairman: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.
    Vice Chairman: Ann McFadden, Sunderland,Ont.
    Treasurer: Marnie Wallace, South River, Ont.
    Secretary: Ivan Paul, RR 4, Powassan, Ont.,P0H 1Z0.
    Email: EPS Training Assoc.

  • EPS Training Associates is a non-profit training and performance event club, devoted to dog training in a wide variety of fields and offering CKC approved events.

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    Water mark at a WC tests.

  • TRACKING SESSIONS (beginners and advanced) have started....but still waiting for dry fields! and now they are trying to hay....... Urban sessions ar e ongoing. For more information, contact Sandy (sandy@wimberway.com).

  • General Information for all


    All events held under the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
  • CKC Office: 400 - 200 Ronson Ave., Toronto, M9W 5Z9. 416-675-5511. email: information@ckc.ca
  • CKC Executive Director: Lance Novak, CKC Head office.
  • Northern Ontario Director: Richard Paquette, Azilda, Ont.
  • N.Ont Tracking Rep: Mary-Anne Boulet, Sudbury, Ont.
  • N.Ont. HT Rep: Dr Joey Farrell, Thunder Bay, Ont.
  • N.Ont. WC rep: Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.

  • PLEASE use parking area between pond and fenced training area for all events, and keep your dog(s) under control.

  • There is space for a limited number of shade and canopy tents.
  • If you need information re accomodations, contact us in advance.
    Accomodations close to Powassan are limited:
  • Housekeeping, lakeside, cabins at Wassi Lodge with 2 or 3 bedrooms (www.wassilodge.com), 705-724-2032;
    TJ's motel at Trout Creek, 705-723-5000;
    or motels in North Bay (half an hour north) - most major chain ones.
  • LIMITED on site camping with NO HOOK UPS.

  • From west, take Hwy 17 to North Bay, then Hwy 11 south to Powassan, and take the Clark St exit.(#316)

    From east: Hwy 17 to Hwy 94. South on #94 to Hwy 654 just south of Callander (you have to turn left at stop sign in Callander),
    turn left on Hwy 654 to Hwy 11 south to Powassan. Take the Clark St. exit (#316) at Powassan.

    From the south: take the 400 to Hwy 11, then Hwy 11 north to Powassan, exit 316.

    From the Exit: Turn right at top of exit ramp onto Clark St., and head in to town. Clark ends at Main St.
    Turn right on Main, then take first left: Memorial Park Dr. We are about 3.8 km east of Main St. at 808 Memorial Park Dr E.

  • All entries, for all events must be mailed to: Ivan Paul, RR 4, Powassan, Ont., P0H1Z0.,
    and all cheques, in Canadian funds, be made payable to: EPS Training Associates.

    2017 DATES/EVENTS.

    Sept 2 (Sat) 2 WC-WCI-WCX tests
    Sept 3 (Sun) 2 Junior Hunt tests.
  • Judges:
  • Judges:
  • Sat morning: WC-I-X: Dan Cooke, Kaministiquia, ON., and Yvon Touchette, Azlida, ON.
  • Sat aft: WC-I-X: Gwyneth McClellan, Osgoode, ON, and Sandy Briggs, Powassan, ON.

  • Sun morning JH: Yvon Touchette, Azilda, Ont., and Sandy Briggs, Powassan, Ont.
  • Sun aft. JH: Gwyneth McClellan, Osgoode, ON., and Dan Cooke, Kaministiquia, ON.

    NB: This is the same w/e as the Powassan Fair and the Smoke N Spurs rodeo etc. so early reservations for accomodations are recommended.

  • Day of entries will be accepted with at least 24 hours notice to ensure there are enough birds on hand.
  • Move ups will be possible between trials, but a dog cannot run in two levels in the same trial.
  • Pot luck lunches both days. Coffee available at HQ during the day.

  • Advance entries close Aug 23, 6pm.
  • Entry fees: Advance entries: JH - $35; WC -$25; WCI - $35, and WCX - $45.
  • Day of entries: JH - $40; WC - $30, WCI -$40, and WCX - $50.
  • $10 listing fee, per test, for any dog without a CKC registration number.
  • Under CKC rules, bitches in heat cannot compete and cannot be on the test grounds.
  • All passing in the WC-I-X and JH tests will receive a rosette.
  • Entry fees will be refunded on bitches in heat with written notice from owner/handler and a note from their Vet.
  • Entry forms: JH entry form
    WC-I-X entry form

    Sept 23-24, TRACKING TESTS.

  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND ENTRIES TO BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO SEPT 1/17. Sept 4 is the Labour Day holiday in Canada.
  • Draw for entry will be held at 5pm, Sept 13, at Wimberway Kennels & Farm.
  • There will be a workers draw for each day.
  • Owners/handlers will be notified by email on/after Sept 13, whether they are in the tests or are on the alternate lists.
  • A certificate, rosette, and medallion will be awarded to each passing dog.
  • Pot luck brunch each day after the tests. Coffee available at HQ half an hour before the start each day.
  • Time for the draw for tracks will be announced after entries have closed, and will depend on number of tracks/levels, and will be held at HQ each morning.
  • Bitches in heat CAN compete but handlers are asked to keep same away from the working dogs.
  • Judge for both days: Laura McKay, Guelph, ON.
  • Saturday, Sept 23: TD and TDX tests. Entry limited to 12 TD or 6 TDX, or coimbination of same.
  • Sunday, Sept 24 UTD - UTDX tracking tests.
  • Entry is limited to 10 UTD or 5 UTDX entries, or combination of same.

  • Entry fees: $75 for TD, $100 for UTD; $125 for TDX and UTDX.
  • Entry forms: Tracking entry form.

    Sept 23 (afternoon)
  • 2 OBEDIENCE AND 2 RALLY TRIALS. Trials are outdoors, limited entry.
    Judge: Susie Bell, Puslinch, ON.
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st in each class, obedience and rally, both trials, and a rosette for the obedience High In Trials.
  • Entry fees: $30 per class, obedience and rally. $50 for the same dog entered in both Open B/Utility B classes, or Advanced B and Excellent B in the same trial. Day of entries, $35 per entry.
  • Move ups possible between trials.
  • Entry forms: Obedience entry form.
    Rally entry form.


  • July 22/17 clinics were well attended with dogs/owners coming from London, Sault Ste Marie, Smooth Rock Falls, Mattawa, Parry Sound, Sudbury, North Bay, as well as close to Powassan. Both specialists, Dr Nick Whelan, Diplomate ACVO and Mike O'Grady, DACVIM (cardiology), started early at 8am, and were finished by 4pm. Our thanks to all those who supported the clinics, making it possible to hold such in this area.

  • May 28, UTDX Tracking Test, judge: Marge Schultz, N.Carolina, USA.
  • There were 5 UTDX entries, and no passes.

  • May 27, 2 Rally Trials, Judge Michelle Armitage
  • Novice A.
    Doubleshot's Danchelles Tia Marie, St Poodle, S. Donaldson, K and J Groulx. 86 and 99.
  • Novice B
  • Beaucaniche P Neruda Colando, St Poodle, S. Robertson. 98 and n/e.
  • Advanced A.
  • no qualifiers
  • Advanced B
  • Ch Redpine's Stormin Blue Streak, Shetland Sheepdog, 97 and 98.
  • Excellent B
  • Jed's E E Cimmings Colando TD CD RE., St Poodle , S. Robertson. 96 and 97.
  • Foxgrove's Slice of Pi CDX, RA, NSDRet, Chelsey Protulipac, 99 and 99.

  • 2 Obedience trials, judge: Michelle Armitage.
  • Pre Novice
  • Starside Hushabye Mountain, Border Collie, Dawn Paille. Q in both trials.
  • Open A
  • no qialifiers.
  • Utility A
  • No qualifiers.

  • Sat, May 27. TD and TDX tracking tests. Judge: Sandy Briggs
  • TD passes:
  • Bella Vista First Traxx n Sno, WestHighland White Terrier, Joan McLaughlin.
  • Bryden's Waltz Across Texas, Springer Spaniel, agewnt: Deb Maheu.

  • TDX passes by:
  • Ch, OTCh TCh Redpine's One For the Books, RAE, AGIS, AGXJS, XPS, Shetland Sheepdog, agent: D. MacDonald.


  • Sept 24, Tracking Test , judge: Louise Weaver.
  • Passes earned by:
  • TD - Tandridge Donneybrook Sennyn, 1 yr Eng Cocker Spaniel, Sue Wilkinson.
  • TDX - Dreamchaser's Island Paradise, 7 yr. Rough Collie, Sue Richardson
  • UTD - Dragonflyte's Dancin Through Life, 7 yr Field Spaniel, Connie Gavin
  • UTDX - Pinebank's Encore Performer MH,WCX,CDX,RE, 5 yr Labrador Retriever, Laura McKay

  • Sept 24, Obedience trials (2), Judge: Susan des Cotes
  • Pre Novice:
  • Riddick, Gt Dane, Diane Desroches,
  • Novice A
  • Bogey, Labrador Retriever, Eliza Bennet & Joanne Panton, 187.5 and 190.5
  • Coventry's Guinevere's Wisdom, Dalmation, Eliza Bennett. 190
  • Novice B
  • Epic Journey de la Forge, Belgian Malinois, Diane Desroches, 189.5 and 187.
  • Open B
  • MOTCh Meadowpond Goldunn Kaldora, Golden Retriever, Del Lunn, 196.5 and 198.5. High In Trial (both trials).

  • Sept 24, Rally Trials, judge: Susan des Cotes.
  • Novice B
  • Epic Journey de la Forge, Belgian Malinois, Diane Desroches, 77
  • Dreamfetcher's Heart n Soul, Belgian Tervuren, Guy Touchette, 100 and 100,
  • Wimberway's Easy, Labrador Retriever, Ivan Paul, -, 70.
  • Riddick, Gt Dane, Diane Desroches, 87, -
  • Novice A,
  • Bogey, Labrador Retriever, Eliza Bennett & Joanne Panton, 94, -,
  • Coventry's Guinevere's Wisdom, Dalmation, Eliza Bennett, 95, -

  • Sept 25. Tracking Tests, judge: Louise Weaver.
  • Passes earned by:
  • UTD - Ch Traymar's Are you talking to me, CD,TDX, Airedale, Sheena McKeegan
  • UTD - House of Terv's Burning Star, Belgian Tervuren, Janet & Dayna Brown.

  • TRACKING TESTS, May 27-28-29/16.
  • Friday evening, May 27. Judge: MaryAnne Boulet. 1 TD, 1 TDX, 3 UTD entries.
  • Passes earned by:
  • TD - Gulfstreams True Grit, Aust Shep., Jane Book.
  • TDX - Esmond's Singular Sensation, Rottweiler, Ann Felske Jackman (Mike Jackman).

  • Saturday - Judge: Jane Book. 1 TD entry, 1 TDX entry (absent), No passes.

  • Sunday - Judge Jane Book. 2 UTD and 3 UTDX entries. No passes.

  • OBEDIENCE TRIALS, May 28. Judge: Guy Touchette.
  • Qualifying scores earned by:

  • Novice A:
  • Coventrys Guineveres Wisdom, Dalmation, Eliza Bennett. 188 and 183
  • Karmadi's Hudson, Eng Springer, Jenneifer MacDonald. 182.5 and 180.
  • Novice B
  • Bogey, Labrador, Eliza Bennett. 191.5, and 189. High In Trial, both trials.

  • RALLY TRIALS, MAY 28, Judge: Guy Touchette.
  • Qualifying scores earned by:
  • Novice A
  • Bogey, Labrador, Eliza Bennett, 97 and 96.
  • Coventry's Guinevere's Wisdom, Dalmation, 84 and 96.
  • Novice B
  • Wimberway's Easy, Labrador, Ivan Paul. H- Sandy Briggs. 87 and 78.


  • TRACKING TESTS, Sept 25-26-27/15.
  • Friday, Sept 25. Judge: MaryAnne Boulet.
  • Entry: 1 TD; 3 UTD, 2 TDX.
  • Ch Pinebank's We Will Rock You MH, WCX, RE, Labrador, Susan Bell....new TD title.
  • Wimberway's Olfactory Wizard TDX,RN, Labrador, D MacDonald, ....new UTD title.
  • Stirlingden Newton of Anfarra, Belgian, R Smith and K McLaughlin....new TDX title.
  • Streak Von Lowenherz, SWH Dachshund, Pamela Burns...new TDX title.

  • Saturday, Sept 26. Judge: Laura McKay.
  • 2 TD and 5 TDX entries.
  • Ch Esmond's God of Mischief, Rottweiler, Ann Felske Jacksmon (Mike Jackman), new TD title.
  • Orloff Jungfrau Syrrah TD, Bernese Mtn Dog, Susan Wilkinson, ...new TDX title.

  • Sunday, Sept 27. Judge: Marge Schultz.
  • Entry: 3 UTD, 3 UTDX.
  • GCh Redpine's One for the Books, Sheltie, D MacDonald, ...new UTDX and TCH title.
  • Orloff Jungfrau Syrrah, Bernese Mtn Dog, Susan Wilkinson,....new UTD title. (2 titles in the w/e!).

  • RALLY TRIALS, Sept 26/15. Judge: Darwin Boles.

  • Advanced B:
  • McD's He's on Fire Cameron TD UTD, Springer Spaniel, Michelle Armitage. 99
    Advanced A:
  • Rosecrest Wimberway Ruby RI, Border Terrier, Lyn and Ian Trott. ....85
  • Wimberway's Border Revive RI, Border Terrier, Lyn and Ian Trott,....80
  • Intermediate:
  • Wimberway's Our Yo TDX,UTD,RN,WC, Labrador, Dorrie Kirk, .....97 and 93
  • Wimberway's Olfactory Wizard, Labrador, D MacDonald....96 and 96
  • Wimberway's Border Remedy RN TD IQ, Border Terrier, Dorrie Kirk, ....94 and 95
  • Wimberway's N Lucky Seven TDX,UTD,WC,RN, Labrador, Sandy Briggs. 93 and 94
  • Clarion Follow The Glean, Collie, M Merchant and L Mills, ....94.

  • OBEDIENCE TRIAL, Sept 26/15. Judge: Darwin Boles.

  • Novice B:McD's He's On Firfe Cameron TD,UTD, Springer, Michelle Armitage. 191.5, new CD title, High in Trial.
  • Open B: Ch Redpine's One for the Books TDX,UTD, CDX,RAE,AgN, AgXJ, NPAD., Sheltie, D MacDonald, 189.5.

  • AGILITY TRIALS, SEPT 12 & 13/15.

  • Judges: Shelley price, trials 1 and 2; Leo-Rene Cantin, trials 3 and 4.
  • Std = Standard; PAD = Points and Distance; JWW = Jumpers with Weaves; N = Novice; I = Intermediate; X = Excellent, M= Masters.
  • Qualifying runs (alphabetically by dog's call name) in the 4 trials were won by:
  • Baz (Bazil, mixed breed) Janet Brown. JWW N, trial 2. NEW NJWW TITLE.
  • Budo (Rival Echoes of Osoto Gari, Aussie) Bonnie Schott, JWW X, trial 1, 3, and 4; Std X, trial 4,
  • Elektra (Houseoftewrv's Simply Shocking, Belgian Shep), Guy Touchette, PAD X, trials 2 and 4.
  • Frank (Ch Fwaggles Million Dollar Baby, Toy Manchester) Corey Titan. Stnd X trials 1 and 2, JWW X, trial 1
  • Janey (Ch Perryglen's Calamity Jane, Eng Pointer), Shelley Price. PAD X, trial 3.
  • Karmen (Durno's Misty Night, German Shepherd) Debbie Durno. PAD X,. trial 1
  • Ledger, (Ch Redpine's One for the Books, Sheltie,) B MacDonald, Std X trial 1, Std X, trial 4; PAD X trials 2,3,4; JWW X, trial 1 and 4.
  • Lucy (Houseofterv's Loose Canon, Belgian Shep) Janet Brown; Stnd X trials 2,3,AND 4, NEW AGX TITLE
    PAD X, trials 1, 2,3, and 4. NEW PADX TITLE
  • Molly (HouseofTerv's Tailor Made, Belgian Shep) Guy Touchette, PAD X, trials 1,2 and 3. NEW PADX TITLE
  • Nova (HouseofTerv's Burning Star, Belgian Shep) Janet & Dayna Brown; PAD I, trials 1 and 3.
  • Scandal (Herdabout Thru the Grapevine, Sheltie) Suzanne Johnston. PAD N, trials 1,2, and 3; NEW AGN title.
    JWW X, trials 1,3, and 4. NEW JWWX Title
    PAD I, trial 4.
  • Shayla (Perfections Shayla Grandview, German Shep) Treva reed, JWW I, trial 1 and 4; NEW JWWI title. PAD I, trial 3.
  • Silver (Triadic's Silver Medallion, Sheltie) Marlene Bloomfield. Stnd I, trial 2,NEW AGI title
    PAD X, trials 1 and 2; NEW PAD X title.
    JWW I, trial 3, NEW JWW I TITLE
    JWW X, trial 2.
  • Tay (Syanne Chimera Edition, Border Collie,) Dawn Paille; JWW N, trial 2.
  • Trim (Aberdale's Silver Sequins, Sheltie) Jeff & Kellie Whiteside, Stnd X. trial 2 and 4, ,FONT COLOR="RED"> new agx TITLE , JWW MX, trials 2 and 4.
  • Winston (Rikadon's Best Dressed. Sheltie) Marlene Bloomfield. Stnd I trial 1 and 2, NEW AGI title
    Stnd X, trial 4; PADMX trials 1, 3 and 4.

  • URBAN TRACKING TESTS, May 31/15. Judge: Sharon Smith.

  • 6 UTD and 1 UTDX entries.
  • One UTD pass:
  • McD's He's on Fire Cameron, Springer Spaniel, Michelle Armitage, Ottawa, Ont.

  • TRACKING TESTS, May 30/15. Judge: Sharon Smith.

  • Entry of 5 TDX and 1 TD.
  • Passes earned by:
  • TD - Orloff Syrrah PCD,RA, 2 yr old female Bernese Mtn Dog, Sue Wilkinson.
  • TDX - Ebony Canyon von Narnia TD, 4+ yr old male German Shepherd (black), Corinne Ruchet,
  • TDX - Lieder von Lowenherz TD,RN, SWH Daxie, Pamela Burns.
  • TDX - Jacamakyka's My T Rex TD, German Shepherd Male, 2+ years old; Jack Wilhelm.
  • TDX - Wimberway's OurYo WC,TD,UTD,RN, 2yr Labrador Retriever, Dorrie Kirk (handled by Sandy Briggs)

  • TRACKING TEST, May 29. Judge: Jack Wilhelm.

  • Entry of 1 UTDX, 1 TDX, 4 UTD.
  • Pass earned by:
  • UTD - Wimberway's N Lucky Seven WC,RN, TD., 2 yr Labrador Retriever, Sandy Briggs.

  • OBEDIENCE TRIALS, Judge Michelle Armitage.

  • High in Trial# 1: MOTCh,Ch Snowdancer's Polar Express, Sheltie, Dawn MacDonald, S & Y Touchette. 198.5
  • High in Trial# 2: Foxgrove's Slice of Pi, NSDT Ret., Chelsey Protulipac, 198.
  • Other qualifying scores:
  • Novice A: Jackcrofter MyGem, Border Collie, Dawn Paille, 188
  • Novice B: Foxgrove's Slice of Pie, NSDTR, Chelsey Protulipac, 198 and 198.
  • Novice B: Skiplyn's Vengeance DelaForge, Belgian Malinois, Tammy St Louis. 197.
  • Novice Intermediate - no qualifiers.
  • Open B. No qualifiers.
  • Utility B. Ch, MOTCh Snowdancer's Polar Express, Sheltie, Danw MacDoinald, S & Y Touchette. 198.5 and 195.

  • RALLY TRIALS, Judge: Michelle Armitage.

  • Qualifying scores earned by:
  • Novice B: Eden's Leather and Lace, Golden Retriever., Jamie Veraldi. 95. NEW RN TITLE.
  • Novice B: Foxgrove's Slice of Pi, NSDTR, Chelsey Protulipac. 98 and 99
  • Advanced A: Perfections Shayla Grandview TD,RN, AgN., German Shepherd, Treva Reed, 97 and 82.
  • Advanced B: Ch Redpine's One for the Books, Sheltie, Dawn MacDonald. 97 and 95
  • Excellent B:Ch Redpine's One for the Books, Sheltie, Dawn MacDonald, 99 and 86

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  • Members are involved in a wide variety of dog related activities. They are willing to share their information, and help anyone who wants to get started in the same field.

  • Several members visit regularly with THERAPY DOGS in Seniors and Nursing homes, as well as visiting youth groups.

  • One member has her own team of Huskies and enjoys sledding for pleasure in the winter.

  • Members compete in licensed obedience trials and at any given time, members have dogs working in different trial levels.

  • Several members compete in either CKC or AAC agility trials (or both), and have earned titles, while others train just to have fun.

  • Several members are involved in Tracking, and also in CKC activity of Rally-O, which became an official events on Jan 1/07, and have competed in CARO Rally-O trials.

  • Two of our members operate Animal Control/Animal shelters in their own areas, and have been able to send unclaimed, unwanted healthy young dogs down to Oakville for training as Hearing Ear or Special Skills dogs. Several members also are local representatives in their "breed rescue" clubs.

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  • Highlights

  • The club was formed in 1987, and although the membership has remained small, members keep in touch by email and phone.

  • EPS ran its first licensed obedience trials soon afterwards, and in 2002 increased the trials to 6 obedience trials - 2 in June and 4 in September.In 2005, they ran 5 trials in September.

  • EPS is currently the only club in the Near North that is running Working Certificate Tests, and Hunt tests, for Retrievers. Most years tests have been run in early June and again late in August. In 2006, several mid-week tests were run, but due to poor entries, the mid week trials haven't been done since.

  • In 2000, for the first time in the area, a Field trial Conformation show was held by a retriever club in conjunction with a trial. Standard Poodles, being eligible for the WC tests, were also able to compete in the show and the trials.

  • Agility training indicated a need in the area for licensed agility trials, and EPS held the first ever CKC Agility trials in the near-north in 2001, and have run four trials each year since. As of 2016, agility trials are no longer offered.

  • In 2004, the club ran its first licensed Tracking Test, and had 8 entries in the TD level, and 2 in the TDX level.
    In both 2005 and 2006, and most trials since, the Tracking test entries filled the day the entries opened.
    When Urban tests were approved, the club started running Urban tests as well, and now run tests Spring and Fall each year.

  • We have a page for dogs owned in the area that have earned tracking titles can be accessed from the main Wimberway index.

  • Members have earned many titles at the club's trials, and at other trials and events in Ontario.

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